May 10, 2011 8:20 PM by Lee Douglas
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Reigning U.S. men's champion Ryan Bradley is retiring.
Bradley said Tuesday it was his dream to win the U.S. title, and he can now look back on his career and "feel completely content."
The 27-year-old has been competing internationally for more than a decade, and finished 13th at the world championships last month in Moscow.
Bradley originally intended to retire last year, doing a back flip as he left the ice at the 2010 U.S. championships as his way of saying goodbye. But fans encouraged him to return, and he resumed training in October with the intention of skating at nationals. A dazzling performance in the short program gave Bradley a solid lead, and he hung on to win his first title.
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